School sports matches and cultural activities may start again

March 29, 2021


No spectators are allowed, though.

On Saturday, a new Government Gazette was issued to public schools. In the publication, schools received the green light to resume school sports matches.

Championships, tournaments and interschool sports matches that require pupils to travel to other schools or provinces may also resume under the latest regulations. 

Other cultural and enrichment programmes such as oral history, spelling bees, moot court, speech contests, debates and school clubs may also resume activities. Choir practices and competitions may also resume, but with strict limits and social distancing guidelines that have to be followed at all times. 

“In order to comply with the venue capacity, the categories permitted to participate in respect of the SA Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) are limited to small ensembles, farm schools, and special schools, female and male voices,” the publication explains.

The only catch is, parents and spectators are not allowed at matches and events. Naturally, hosting schools must put strict COVID-19 measures in place. Schools going to another school’s match or event must also send through a list of players and teachers who will be accompanying the students at least three days before the match. 

“A list of names of all officials, learners and any other person from the visiting school must be provided to the hosting school at least three days before an event or match, for the purposes of compliance with direction,” the Gazette states. 

It is the first time this year that schools will be allowed to compete against each other again.

If South Africa is to move to level 2 of the lockdown over Easter weekend, it is not clear how these regulations will be affected. Some have said that it is unlikely that schools would have arranged matches and events to take place over the long weekend in any event, meaning that it probably won’t have an effect this time round.